Every subject of this state is entitled to a certain remedy, by having
recourse to the laws, for all injuries he may receive in his person,
property, or character; to obtain right and justice freely, without being
obliged to purchase it; completely, and without any denial; promptly, and
without delay; conformably to the laws.
N.H. Constitution, Part I, Article 14
This study was sponsored by the New Hampshire Access to Justice Commission which was established in 2007 by order of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Consistent with Part 1, Article 14 of the New Hampshire Constitution, the Court said, it was creating the Commission to “expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for New Hampshire residents.” The Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) coordinated with the Commission in developing the study. The New Hampshire Bar Foundation provided funding for the study. Research was conducted in conjunction with the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College by LARC, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program and New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Funding for an independent analysis of the impact of the study’s findings on the New Hampshire economy was provided by the American Bar Association Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project. Electronic copies of both reports are available on the websites of both the Access to Justice Commission(http://www.courts.state.nh.us/access/index.htm) and LARC ( www.nhlegalaid.org).